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You may have noticed recently that while sending an international SMS you were charged more than the standard N15. The reason for this is because the international SMS charge rate has been changed. Please find a list of the currently applicable rates below.




N
Zone 1
Zone 2
Zone 3
(SMS Rate-N20)
(SMS Rate-N35)
(SMS Rate-N50)
1
Canada
Aruba
Australia
2
Saint Pierre and 
Miquelon
Bhutan
Bulgaria
3
United States
Colombia
Romania
4
Anguilla
Costa Rica
Ukraine
5
Belize
Ecuador
Austria
6
Cuba
French Guiana
Belarus
7
Dominica
Guyana
Belgium
8
Dominican Republic
Haiti
Denmark
9
El Salvador
Honduras
Finland
10
Guam
India
France
11
Macao
Indonesia
Greece
12
Mayotte
Jamaica
Ireland
13
Nicaragua
Japan
Liechtenstein
14
Northern Mariana Islands
Kazakhstan
Malta
15
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Laos
Netherlands
16
Trinidad and Tobago
Martinique
Norway
17
Turks and Caicos Islands
Montserrat
Portugal
18
Uzbekistan
Myanmar
Spain
19
Afghanistan
Nepal
Sweden
20
Antigua and Barbuda
Netherlands Antilles
Turkey
21
Argentina
Papua New Guinea
Switzerland
22
Bangladesh
Paraguay
United Kingdom
23
Barbados
Philippines

24
Bermuda
Saint Lucia

25
Bolivia
Saint Martin

26
Brazil
Suriname

27
British Virgin Islands
Swaziland

28
Cambodia
Tajikistan

29
Cayman Islands
Thailand

30
Chile
Turkmenistan

31
Grenada
Uruguay

32
Guadeloupe
Algeria

33
Guatemala
Angola

34
Hong Kong
Benin

35
Kyrgyzstan
Botswana

36
Malaysia
Burkina Faso

37
Mexico
Cameroon

38
Mongolia
Cape Verde

39
New Zealand
Central African Republic

40
Pakistan
Chad

41
Panama
Democratic 
Republic of the Congo

42
Peru
Egypt

43
Puerto Rico
Ethiopia

44
Saint Vincent and
 the Grenadines
Ghana

45
Singapore
Guinea

46
Sri Lanka
Guinea-Bissau

47
Syria
Ivory Coast

48
Venezuela
Kenya

49
Bahrain
Kuwait

50
Congo
Lebanon

51
Gabon
Liberia

52
Gambia
Libya

53
Iran
Madagascar

54
Iraq
Mali

55
Israel
Morocco

56
Jordan
Namibia

57
Malawi
Niger

58
Mauritius
Oman

59
Mozambique
Rwanda

60
Palestine
Saudi Arabia

61
Qatar
Senegal

62
Reunion
South Sudan

63
Seychelles
Sudan

64
Togo
Tanzania

65
Uganda
Tunisia

66
Georgia
United Arab Emirates

67

Yemen

68

Zambia

69

Zimbabwe

70

Azerbaijan

71

Bosnia and Herzegovina

72

Hungary

73

Poland

74

Russia

75

South Africa

76

China

77

Cyprus

78

Germany

79

Italy


The how and why speculation for this policy change has obviously bordered on the economic. However being more definite, some have put it down to the naira’s diminishing strength against the dollar. 
If that’s true then it could be that MTN will not be the only Telecoms company to adjust its international SMS rates and it can be expected of others too, to follow suit in the following few days. 
This said though, it’s still a little difficult to see the rationale behind the a sudden bumping of going (SMS) rates to places like say the UK for example from N15 to N50- a more than 200% increase. This is particularly so in the light of the inroads companies and apps like Whatsapp, Facebook and others have made into the instant messaging segment. 
So the irony is that while data- the currency of instant messaging and other internet dependent services, is getting cheaper, sending an SMS, the traditional forte of instant messaging itself, is becoming more expensive. 
Indeed if this policy is not watched, it may prove yet the further tightening of a noose around the neck of an already struggling service.


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